Wipro also gave a day off to its employees but has asked them to come on Saturday.

Cauvery protests TCS Infosys shut down in Bengaluru Flipkart operations hit
news Cauvery Crisis Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 17:42

As the prevailing situation worsened in Bengaluru due to protests over the Cauvery dispute, IT companies TCS and Infosys declared a holiday for their employees on Tuesday.

Spokespersons for the two companies confirmed the same to ET.

Wipro also gave a day off to its employees but has asked them to come on Saturday.

"Wipro Limited has declared a holiday for employees in Karnataka on Tuesday, September 13. In lieu of this holiday, Saturday, September 17 will be a working day for offices of Wipro Limited in the state. Business Continuity Plans have been invoked to avoid disruption to mission critical projects," a Wipro spokesperson said in an email. 

Cognizant asked its employees not to come to work on Tuesday, a company executive said, requesting anonymity.

"They have been stopping our buses and employees are feeling unsafe. We had to declare a holiday just for safety. These are calls being taken on a day-to-day basis," an IT executive told ET declining to be identified.

Operations of online retailers Flipkart and Amazon were also hit by the protests in Bengaluru.

"As of today, we have stalled operations because the safety of our delivery staff remains our top priority. As we hope the situation to get better soon, we are trying to mitigate all customer impact by keeping them informed about expected delays," said Neeraj Aggarwal, Head - Supply Chain Operations at Flipkart, according to a report in NDTV. 

"Owing to the situation in Bangalore currently, the delivery of products is temporarily impacted.  We will resume all deliveries at the earliest," said Amazon, the world's largest online retailer.

Bengaluru witnessed sporadic incidents of violence including arson and vandalism on Monday after a modified Supreme Court order directed Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water from the Cauvery to Tamil Nadu.


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